United Kentucky Tea Party http://wfpl.org en National Supporter Has Doubts Matt Bevin Can Overcome Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/national-supporter-has-doubts-matt-bevin-can-overcome-mitch-mcconnell <p>Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin has failed to provide Kentucky primary voters with a compelling reason to replace incumbent Mitch McConnell in next month's election.</p><p>That's what conservative commentator Erick Erickson said in a blog post Wednesday, sharing his doubts about the Tea Party-backed challenger's chances.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:40:13 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 9150 at http://wfpl.org National Supporter Has Doubts Matt Bevin Can Overcome Mitch McConnell Kentucky Tea Party Defends Matt Bevin Against TARP Story, But Reagan Alumnus is Skeptical http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-defends-matt-bevin-against-tarp-story-reagan-alumnus-skeptical <p>A coalition of tea party groups in Kentucky are lashing out at Washington, D.C. publication in defense of Republican Senate candidate Matt Bevin for <a href="http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/matt-bevin-tarp-kentucky-senate-race-2014-103351.html">a story</a> reporting he signed a document praising the bank bailouts.</p><p>But not everyone is buying the Louisville businessman's explanation even as conservative activists rally around Bevin.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 21:23:15 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8586 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Tea Party Defends Matt Bevin Against TARP Story, But Reagan Alumnus is Skeptical Kentucky Tea Party Groups Urging House Delegation to Oppose Immigration Reform http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-groups-urging-house-delegation-oppose-immigration-reform <p>The United Kentucky Tea Party is putting members of the state’s congressional delegation on notice to oppose any attempt at overhauling the U.S. immigration system this year.</p><p>Late last week House <a href="http://nbcpolitics.nbcnews.com/_news/2014/01/30/22508134-house-gop-unveils-standards-for-immigration-reform?lite">Republicans unveiled a one-page set of standards</a> that would allow those who immigrated to the U.S. illegally to obtain citizenship.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:30:20 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 8470 at http://wfpl.org Dwindling Tea Party Support Among GOP May Impact Matt Bevin's Insurgency http://wfpl.org/post/dwindling-tea-party-support-among-gop-may-impact-matt-bevins-insurgency <p>A new poll finds <a href="http://www.gallup.com/poll/164648/tea-party-support-dwindles-near-record-low.aspx">fewer Americans support the Tea Party movement</a> and the noticeable dip among Republican voters could impact Kentucky’s U.S. Senate GOP primary race.</p><p>According to a Gallup survey conducted earlier this month, opponents of the Tea Party outnumber supporters by a 27 percent to 22 percent.</p><p>Most are indifferent to the movement, but the poll shows the Tea Party's favorable rating among GOP voters is 38 percent compared to 65 percent in 2010.</p><p>Those numbers could put a damper on Louisville businessman Matt Bevin's primary hopes as he seeks to overthrow incumbent Mitch McConnell with heavy Tea Party support in the state.</p><p>Observers say the low approval numbers are a sign the Tea Party is being blamed for the gridlock in Washington in the face of a possible government shutdown.</p><p>"It's so much easier to rail against the establishment, people like that when you show enthusiasm and energy," says University of Louisville political science professor Dewey Clayton. "But once you become the establishment and you actually have to govern things change somewhat. One of the reasons the Tea Party is falling out of favor with many Americans is because people are seeing them as part of problem in Washington now."</p><p>Clayton says it's hard to compare Bevin's 2014 bid to Rand Paul's insurgency GOP primary candidacy for a number of reasons, but says the Tea Party doesn't appear to have the same strength it did in 2010.</p><p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 20:25:23 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6989 at http://wfpl.org Dwindling Tea Party Support Among GOP May Impact Matt Bevin's Insurgency Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Touts Conservative Beliefs, Differences with Mitch McConnell http://wfpl.org/post/republican-senate-candidate-matt-bevin-touts-conservative-beliefs-differences-mitch-mcconnell <p>Saying it is time to take the country back from "elite, professional" politicians, Louisville businessman Matt Bevin officially announced he is seeking the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to overthrow incumbent Mitch McConnell.</p><p>Bevin is a 46-year-old investment executive and military veteran who owns a bell making company in Connecticut. He has never run for public office before, but Bevin did contribute to Sen. Rand Paul's Senate campaign in 2009.</p><p>For months, Bevin has been meeting with Tea Party groups in the state leading up to this primary bid.</p><p>The United Kentucky Tea Party endorsed Bevin immediately, saying his private sector experience makes him an entrepreneur with the knowledge to "balance a budget."</p><p>And for most of the speech, Bevin outlined his conservative vision for the country, advocating for less&nbsp; government spending, lower taxes and a full repeal of President Obama's health care law.</p><p>"I’m asking you to join me in a pledge. A pledge our Founding Father took very, very seriously. A pledge to devote our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor to take back our country from the elite, professional (and) career politicians who are destroying the very fabric of our country," he says.</p><p>Bevin says entering the GOP primary isn't about McConnell personally, but in a TV ad launched Wednesday makes it clear the Bevin campaign plans to tap into conservative frustration with the five-term senator.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 18:24:51 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 6229 at http://wfpl.org Republican Senate Candidate Matt Bevin Touts Conservative Beliefs, Differences with Mitch McConnell MoveOn, United Kentucky Tea Party Dismiss McConnell Campaign's Infiltration Charge http://wfpl.org/post/update-moveon-united-kentucky-tea-party-dismiss-mcconnell-campaigns-infiltration-charge <p>Liberal and Tea Party groups are denying claims by Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign that they are working together to defeat the GOP leader in 2014.</p><p>In a campaign fundraising e-mail Monday, McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton told supporters that liberal organizers were "attempting to infiltrate conservative" groups across the state.</p><p>A previous message accused MoveOn.org of <a href="http://www.wfpl.org/post/poll-shows-mitch-mcconnell-struggling-support">backing a "phony Tea Party"</a> in an attempt to hurt McConnell in a primary race.</p><p>But MoveOn spokesman Nick Berning says they are not working with any Tea Party groups in Kentucky, and that they will seek to defeat McConnell in a general election.</p><p>"It's understandable that Mitch McConnell is frightened to face voters in 2014, and his focus on MoveOn members' electoral might is well founded, but his fantasy that we have teamed up with the Tea Party to elect someone even more out of touch than him is ridiculous," he says. "MoveOn's nearly 70,000 members in Kentucky are tired of McConnell carrying water for Wall Street and leading the 'Party of No' at the expense of poor and middle class families, and he should expect we will hold him accountable for it—in the general election."</p><p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 20:18:27 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3712 at http://wfpl.org MoveOn, United Kentucky Tea Party Dismiss McConnell Campaign's Infiltration Charge Kentucky Tea Party Leaders Issue Warning to Mitch McConnell, Plan to Draft Primary Challenger http://wfpl.org/post/kentucky-tea-party-leaders-issue-warning-mitch-mcconnell-plan-draft-primary-challenger <p>A coalition of more than a dozen Tea Party groups in Kentucky are issuing a stern warning to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell against co-opting the grassroots movement — and they plan to draft a challenger for the 2014 Senate primary.</p><p>The United Kentucky Tea Party is made up of several independent organizations from across the state. In a press release sent late Monday evening, the group says that McConnell and state Republicans are being "intellectually dishonest" by calling anyone with the GOP leader's campaign personnel a tea party leader.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"What I can tell you is we have a battle plan that we’re executing and to date that plan is working better than we expected. And our goal is to have a primary challenger for Sen. McConnell,” said&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">John</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Kemper,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;a spokesman for United Kentucky Tea Party.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 22 Jan 2013 15:35:40 +0000 Phillip M. Bailey 3535 at http://wfpl.org Kentucky Tea Party Leaders Issue Warning to Mitch McConnell, Plan to Draft Primary Challenger